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State auditor Jim Ziegler says "Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter", suggesting that Roy Moore acted in a divine tradition if he in fact made sexual advances toward a 14-year-old girl.

"Like most Americans, the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person's life", Ms. Sanders said.

First and foremost, the allegations are serious in nature on their own and have raised questions about Moore's fitness for office, with a slew of Republican senators saying Moore should leave the race if the allegations are true.

Moore denies the allegations.

Other Republican Senate leaders, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have called on Moore to step down on the condition that the reports prove to be true, but they have not yet described a process for assessing the truth of the claims. John Hoeven told the Washington Post about Moore not so long ago. "The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying", McCain said. On the one hand, four women have gone on the record alleging Moore tried to pursue them sexually when the were between the ages of 14 and 18, with the youngest alleging he touched her breasts and genitals over her underwear and attempted to place her hand on his erect penis.

Reuters was unable to independently confirm the allegations.

"The idea that accusations like this would stop his campaign is ludicrous".

John Skipper, former chair of the Mobile County Republican Party in Alabama, echoed Moore's sentiment. In this scenario Jones holds a 43.6-41.3 lead over Moore with Big Luther weighing in at 12.3 percent.

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Moore has been defiant, insisting he would not quit the race for the December 12 special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat. The NRSC did not respond to requests for comment. Alabama voters who routinely cast votes for Republicans would presumably take a second look at the ballot, remember that the GOP has withdrawn its endorsement of Moore, and write in odd instead.

His party suddenly and bitingly divided, Alabama Republican Roy Moore ignored increasing pressure to abandon his Senate bid on Friday as fears grew among GOP leaders that a once-safe Senate seat was in jeopardy just a month before a special election. Despite a state law barring candidates from appearing twice on ballots in the same election cycle, Sen.

Alabama political strategist David Mowery, who has worked for candidates of both parties, said the chance of Moore bowing out of the race was "less than zero", and that it was nearly as improbable for state party officials to abandon him in favor of a last-minute write-in candidate. Nevertheless, he said Democrats would seize on the scandal to boost fund-raising.

Strange, despite the backing of President Donald Trump and much of the Republican establishment, lost a September primary to Moore.

Asked to clarify if Blunt was canceling on the fundraiser, she repeated, "He won't be in AL".

In a statement released Friday, Moore says he never provided alcohol to minors and "never engaged in sexual misconduct".

After winning his position back in 2012, he was again forced out after defying the US Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage by ordering probate judges not to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. By Friday morning, Moore's allies were defending him and throwing doubt on his accusers, framing the story as a typical clash between conservatives and an untrustworthy media.

This story was reported by Reuters.